Student Support Specialist


Position Summary

The Student Support Specialist will be placed at and work in partnership with local High Schools within Putnam County.  The Student Support Specialist is directly responsible for providing mental health and substance use education and support to students, teachers, school personnel and parents.


  • Engages with student population in order to engender trust, encourage open communication and access needed services to address mental health and substance use issues;
  • Identifies mental health and/or substance use issues in student population;
  • Addresses use and abuse of illegal or legal substances, underage drinking, and emotional problems that may escalate and result in difficulties in the student’s performance and life, and may provide psycho-education on the above
  • Availability to students, parents and staff for consultation and guidance, and will refer to and confer with school personnel, including the school psychologist, school social worker, guidance counselor, and other personnel as appropriate;
  • Flexibility with schedule including occasional evening and weekend assignments (e.g. school functions or sporting events) is required;
  • Referrals to community resources or more intensive and ongoing support, if needed;
  • Follows all school protocols and responsibilities as well as CoveCare Center policies and procedures;
  • Assures that all requisite documentation/statistics are completed in an accurate and timely manner;
  • Participates and collaborates at Putnam Family and Community Services for staff meetings and supervision;

General responsibilities:

  • Attends workshops, conferences and staff development training seminars on current practices as directed by the Executive Director or supervisor to acquire continuing education in the appropriate field; implements what has been learned;
  • Maintains cooperative relationships with all referents and community resources
  • Undertakes related duties as assigned;

Administrative Relationships:

The Student Support Specialist reports directly to the Program Director, Program Supervisor or designee and works collaboratively with other staff and the school administration.


Bachelor’s degree in human services required, Master’s degree in human services-related field/LMSW is strongly preferred.

2 years of experience in a mental health or substance use setting with adolescents is required.    Must have computer literacy and excellent verbal and written skills, and use of own car with valid driver’s license.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; climb two step ladder, use hands to handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 5 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.